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Three respected veterans retire from TPD

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 1, 2008 at 5:00 am with No Comments »
March 1, 2008 5:00 am

Tacoma Police Department said goodbye Friday to three veteran detectives.

Sgt. Tom Davidson (top left), a former homicide detective who has been supervising the homicide unit in recent years, retired after 27 years of service.

Detectives Chris Taylor (top right) and Dave Paul (bottom) retired after 30 years on the job. The two – along with detective Bill Webb, who retired last month – came on to the force together and decided to leave together.

All three are widely respected among their colleagues and will be sorely missed.

Davidson has a reputation as a hard worker and inspirational boss. He was a premier detective and set a high standard for others, Assistant Chief Tom Strickland said during Davidson’s retirement gathering last week.

Davidson was the lead detective on the Trang Dai massacre in 1998 and the slaying of one its key witnesses. As the supervisor of the homicide unit since April 2004, he’s valued teamwork. The unit has cleared a vast majority of city’s homicides under his direction.

Taylor was affectionately known at Mr. T while serving three years as the school liaison officer at Gray Junior High School in the early 1980s. He said it was a defining time in his law enforcement career and that he still gets stopped on the street by people who remember him as Mr. T.

Taylor has been a detective since 1987 and spent several years working the pawn shop detail. That means he tried to recover stolen property through the pawn shops. He’s also served a couple stints at the public information officer.

Paul has worked financial crimes as a detective for the past several years. He’s been active in giving presentations to the public about how to not become a victim of identity theft and fraud.

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell said the department recently got an award from the Secret Service that in part is because of Paul and his relationships with others in law enforcement.

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